On Wednesday a man removed a rainbow pride flag displayed outside Democratic Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office in Washington DC and threw it to the ground. He had previously entered the office and complained about the flag before exiting and removing it. Once on the ground, the man stomped on the flag. The flag was not damaged.
Thursday morning, Rep. Lowenthal described the incident on his Facebook page:
Yesterday, an individual barged into my office in Washington and made a disparaging remark about the fact that I fly the Pride Flag outside my office. He then went back out into the hallway outside my office, removed the flag from its holder, threw it to the ground, and stomped on it. He told my staff that the flag was “disgusting, immoral, and goes against everything that is right.”
The Pride Flag is more than just a symbol of pride for the LGBT community–it stands for love, understanding, and unity.
As a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I have flown this particular Pride Flag since 2013 in solidarity with the LGBT community. I have committed to fly it proudly until LGBT people have all of the same rights I have and until our laws protect LGBT people from discrimination and violence. Sadly, the violent and disturbing behavior of this individual yesterday demonstrated that we aren’t there yet.
His actions yesterday–intended to intimidate and demean–only make me and those that love freedom and justice want to fight that much harder. We simply MUST pass the Equality Act now! Introduced by my colleague, Rep. Cicilline, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.